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NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection….

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access…

The Crucial Role of Empathy: Molly Melching

A conversation with Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan and the protagonist of Aimee Molloy’s However Long the Night.Molly Melching was 24-years-old when she first arrived to Senegal as a University…

Keeping Hope Alive in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi

Her nicknames range from “Mama Hawa” to “Mother Theresa meets Rambo.” When the Somalian government collapsed in 1991, Dr. Hawa Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on…

Fixing Water Pumps in Nigeria with WASH

She could not help looking just a bit smug as she grabbed the wrench and went to work on the broken water pump that stood in the middle of the…

Primeros Pasos: Fighting Malnourishment with Home Cooking

Chuicavioc, Guatemala: Janet Coyoy focused intensely on the cooking demonstration, taking mental notes on how to make cream of potato soup thick with vitamins and nutrients. It was only when another…

Food Fortification in the Midst of Turmoil?

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still…

Newspapers Take to the Streets in Greece

For more than two decades, homeless and unemployed individuals have bought and sold magazines to make a living on the streets. In February the world’s newest ‘street paper’ launched in…

Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities

Can technology single-handedly prevent atrocities?  That may be far fetched. But, it can certainly help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness.  USAID and Humanity United, a foundation devoted to…

The Missing Link: Storytelling?

Good storytelling sparks innovation. Yet there can be no innovation without experimentation. From Ovid to Shakespeare, writers have used their creative power to engage the audience. Today social entrepreneurs all…

Panama: The Indigenous Activists Who Paralyzed a Nation

by Nick Swyter In February 2012, members of Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngäbe-Buglé, blocked the country’s main roadway to protest mining and hydroelectric projects they say won’t benefit their…

Hidden Environmentalists: Cleaning up India

Indian Railways, often upheld as the greatest ‘gift’ of the British Raj, spans the length and breadth of India, connecting a diverse people from Kanyankumari to Kashmir. Despite 65 years…

Public vs. Private Hospitals in India

  Dr. K. Aditya, a 29-year-old on the last day of his three-year residency at Osmania General Hospital, has been on duty for the last 36 hours straight, adjusting the…

Just Vision: Is Non-Violence Possible in East Jerusalem?

Directors Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi recently received the George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished achievement in electronic media for their film Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood.  The film shines a light…

Dilsukhanagar: What the Response to a Disaster Says about Public Health in India

If you walk through the Dilsukhanagar neighborhood in Hyderabad, past vendors selling sugarcane juice and knock-off Nike baseball caps, it’s hard to imagine that less than five months ago this…